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Video GameHappy Jack (Dreams) Review
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Posted: 15 months ago, last updated 7 months ago.

Author: Andrea Walney, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Happy Jack is a puzzle adventure with running, jumping and fighting. You play as a pumpkin called Jack who lives in Halloweeenville. The Halloween Spirit is corrupting everyone in town and all the candy has mysteriously disappeared. Jack must save the town by undertaking three perilous quests; collect the candy, fight the bosses and solve puzzles. There is also an additional Battle Challenge for those who enjoy the combat parts of the game. There is a lot of variety in Happy Jack with interesting characters and fun gameplay in a colourful world. It is unusual in that the combat is more comical than violent.

The cartoon styled land of the game is Halloween themed but in a child friendly way with cute characters. Even the fighting involves you punching characters until they feel happy and start dancing. There is a lot of exploration to do to complete all your quests which will involve navigating obstacle courses, and enemies to defeat by punching or firing a catapult.

A great game for spooky season, but can be enjoyed all year round.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 13/10/2019, updated in 2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: @Dino X Creations (@DinoXCreations)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 6 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.
 
User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Some of the dialogue may be a little more advanced than an eight year old's reading age, so they may require some assistance.

Account Rating

Account required for online play that has 7 years old as minimum age. You must be 7 years old to have a PSN account, which is required to play Dreams. To set this up you need permission from a parent or guardian. Unless the parent or guardian specify not to restrict Network Features | Communication and User-Generated Content, or make an exception for Dreams they will only be able to access games and assets created by Media Molecule (rather than gamemade by the community).

CostsCosts

Happy Jack! Joy-Full Edition

Dreams Store PS5 Free
Dreams Store PS4 Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
This is an unusual "subscription" as you only need to purchase the Dreams game once on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, then you can access all the games for free.
 
You need to purchase Dreams to play the game on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5. Once you have Dreams the game itself is free via the about link. 
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Happy Jack Accessibility Report documents 15 accessibility features:
Combat may require holding buttons to aim and letting go to fire while moving the sticks to evade enemies simultaneously.

The dialogue is displayed with large bold text with bright contrasting coloured boxes.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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